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Appetizer Shrimp and Grits with Hot Mango Salsa

I was thinking this morning about how much I love my friends.

And not just because they let me hump their legs. Or drink their alcohol. Or hump their legs while drinking their alcohol.

Thanks guys, by the way.

Shrimp and Grits with Hot Mango Salsa Recipe (In Holiday Appetizer form) + Salt Spring Kitchen Co Giveaway - She Eats
I love them because they’re so god damn amazing. Both in terms of their friendship and in life.

It never fails to amaze me how ridiculously talented they are. They write intriguing stories, create beautiful paper art, take care of injured animals, sling drinks like bad-ass mo fos, act their asses off in TV and film, crochet and knit better than most grandmothers, draw beautiful pictures, assemble movie sets, cook delicious food, create gorgeous pottery, take amazing photographs and inspire me to do and be better every day.

Shrimp and Grits with Hot Mango Salsa Recipe (In Holiday Appetizer form) + Salt Spring Kitchen Co Giveaway - She Eats
They’re also crack me up by making inappropriate jokes at inappropriate moments; they’re hilarious. And kind. And supportive. And they’re all really fucking efficient which is something I can totally get down with.

I’m nothing, if not effectual.

Shrimp and Grits with Hot Mango Salsa Recipe (In Holiday Appetizer form) + Salt Spring Kitchen Co Giveaway - She Eats
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Yeah, I’m kind of bragging right now. But that’s only because I know how lucky I am. And how special they are.

There’s been some pretty huge lifestyle changes happening in my world but we’ll get to the details of those another time. And not a single one of my compadres or comadres have let me forget how much they love me. I haven’t had a full day to myself in a month, and I adore them for it.

And I return the favour by drinking their alcohol. And humping their legs.

It’s a give and take relationship I have with my friends. Clearly.

Shrimp and Grits with Hot Mango Salsa Recipe (In Holiday Appetizer form) + Salt Spring Kitchen Co Giveaway - She Eats
I love them. I also love jam. And appetizers. And shrimp and grits. Now put all those things together and you have Shrimp and Grits with Avocado & Hot Mango Salsa with Salt Spring Kitchen Co’s Hot Mango Jam. And damn good company.

Which is how we like it, around here.

Salt Spring Kitchen co.  is a quality small batch, artisanal preserve company run by Melanie Mulherin located on beautiful Salt Spring Island here in B.C. And her jam is TOTALLY my jam! Even the non-jam. Like the Pear & Ginger Chutney or Candied Jalapeños (seriously) or Meyer Lemon & Lavender Marmalade.

Shrimp and Grits with Hot Mango Salsa Recipe (In Holiday Appetizer form) + Salt Spring Kitchen Co Giveaway - She Eats
Last year we created the Winter Wonderjam Whiskey Smash together (holla!) and it was a boozy bourbon filled success. So when she asked if I’d create a savoury recipe using one of her all natural, anti-additive jams I instantly thought holiday appetizer.

Christmas. Canada Day or a Fourth of July BBQ. Tuesday afternoon.

…What? Tuesday isn’t a holiday in your household? Note to self: Put the tequila away.

Shrimp and Grits with Hot Mango Salsa Recipe (In Holiday Appetizer form) + Salt Spring Kitchen Co Giveaway - She Eats
Inspired by the sweet heat of her Hot Mango Jam, I created a recipe you can make any time of year when you want something fun, fresh and supa’ fly. And by supa’ fly, I mean super delicious. I know there’s 3 separate parts to this recipe but don’t be scared – it all comes together in about 30 minutes!

Shrimp and Grits with Hot Mango Salsa Recipe (In Holiday Appetizer form) + Salt Spring Kitchen Co Giveaway - She Eats
This holiday season, I highly recommend you order some of Melanie’s jam (you’ll thank me – they’re seriously too legit to quit). Invite some good company over to share some food (thank each other for your friendship). And then hump their legs (they’ll thank you).

Note: Any leftover jam should be eaten as quickly as possible (because yum!) on a cheese plate, tucked into puff pastry, or on a spoon with a flight path directly to your mouth. Because Melanie’s jams are that efing good.

I’m gonna steal a line from Melanie (much like I steal booze from my peeps)…  Peace, love, and jam, my friends.

Shrimp and Grits with Hot Mango Salsa Recipe (In Holiday Appetizer form) + Salt Spring Kitchen Co Giveaway - She Eats
Giveaway after the recipe…

Shrimp and Grits with Hot Mango Salsa (In Holiday Appetizer form)


For the hot mango corn cakes:

  • 1 C white all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 C fine ground cornmeal
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 2 C fresh corn kernels (approx 2 medium ears of organic, non-GMO corn)
  • 2 Tbsp Salt Spring Kitchen Co Hot Mango Jam
  • 2 large pastured eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 Tbsp milk

For the prawns:

  • 24 large sustainably caught prawns
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Coarse sea salt + fresh cracked black pepper

For the hot mango salsa:

  • 1 C mango, diced
  • 1 C avocado, diced
  • 1 C red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 C red onion, finely diced
  • 1/4 C cilantro, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice (approx 2 limes)


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees F.
  2. Grab two mixing bowls - a large one and a smaller one. Combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda and salt in the large bowl. Place eggs, milk and jam in the smaller one, whisking until well combined. Set aside.
  3. Pulse corn several times in a food processor until coarse chunks form - you don't want puree.
  4. Transfer the corn to the dry flour mixture, followed by the egg mixture. Whisk until just combined.
  5. Pre-heat a splash of your preferred cooking oil (vegetable, olive, coconut) in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, drop batter by tablespoonfuls into the skillet, but be careful not to over-crowd the pan or they won't cook properly. Cook 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown and transfer to a cookie sheet to keep warm in your pre-heated oven until all the cakes are ready to be served.
  6. Once the cakes have finished cooking, drop the butter and garlic in the pan. Add the prawns and season generously with salt and pepper. Cook 1-2 minutes per side until pink and cooked through. Remove from the heat and squeeze with lime.
  7. For the salsa, combine all the ingredients in a bowl just before serving and mix well, season to taste.
  8. Serve cakes topped generously with the salsa and topped off with a prawn.

Find Melanie and her sweet & savoury line of products: Salt Spring Kitchen Co | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | At the Salt Spring Market every Saturday from April through October, various markets around the lower mainland through out the year and at a handful of select retailers across Canada


* Contest open to Canadian mailing addresses only and who have reached the age of majority in the province, state or territory in which they reside.

PRIZE: A ridiculously delicious variety pack of 6 savoury preserves from Salt Spring Kitchen Co!

MANDATORY ENTRY: Simply leave a comment below and tell me your favourite appetizer!

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Disclosure of Material Connection: Salt Spring Kitchen Co DID provide me test and review product at no cost and I was compensated for the work I did developing a recipe and taking the pictures for this post. Regardless, I only recommend, giveaway or share products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. All opinions, words and information here are entirely accurate and a reflection of my true experience and were not influenced, in any way, by the above mentioned products or companies. Opinions and views are my own. Because that’s how I roll, yo. I’ve never been one to shut my mouth – I’m not going to start now.

  • Anne Taylor
    December 8, 2016 at 4:48 PM

    I am a lover of the bacon wrapped scallop!

  • Anne Taylor
    December 8, 2016 at 4:55 PM

  • Jonnie
    December 8, 2016 at 11:02 PM

    Stuffed mushrooms are my favorite

  • Brenda Penton
    December 9, 2016 at 3:52 AM

    I love jalapeno poppers

  • Carly Williams
    December 9, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    My favorite appetizer is caprese!

  • Amy Heffernan
    December 9, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    Crackers and cheese!

  • Amy Heffernan
    December 9, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    Instagram and twitter name is @kissifer19

  • Bailey Dexter
    December 9, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    I love making a pecan & jalapeño cheese ball, it is one of my family’s favourite appetizer!

  • Bailey Dexter
    December 9, 2016 at 12:05 PM

  • Hedy Mayes
    December 9, 2016 at 12:15 PM

    The jams look AMAZING! My favorite appetizer is Queso Fundido 🙂

  • Jeri
    December 9, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    My favorite appetizer would be deep-fried cheese curds!

  • Susan Broughton
    December 9, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    I enjoy stuffed mushrooms

  • Susan Broughton
    December 9, 2016 at 1:46 PM

    I followed you from @sbroughton61

  • Susan Broughton
    December 9, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    I followed saltspringkitchenco with @sbroughton61

  • Julie D
    December 9, 2016 at 2:02 PM

    Devilled eggs. Oh man I can suck back a dozen of them.

  • Julie D
    December 9, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    Following on IG (hello!) @trysmallthings

  • joy
    December 10, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    my favourite appetizer are saucy meatballs!!

  • Melinda
    December 10, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    My favourite appetizer is bruschetta.

  • Bernice Hill
    December 10, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    my momma’s homemade wontons. which I will miss terribly this year.

  • Dana
    December 10, 2016 at 3:59 PM

    I love the jars! I love the logo! I love these sauces and I love this recipe! Isn’t it fun when you get to work with rad companies? Power to you, G!
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  • Rhonda W G.
    December 10, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    I love stuffed mushrooms…My mom has a recipe for seafood ones that are awesome!

  • Rhonda W G.
    December 10, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    Follow on instagram as @2doggys

  • Pam
    December 11, 2016 at 2:47 AM

    I love stuffed mushrooms

  • Lindsey
    December 11, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    I don’t live in Canada, so don’t enter me – but had to weigh in!

    Crackers. Cream cheese. Hot and Sweet Pepper jelly.

    Oh, my god. I can’t get enough of that crap. And I’m not even southern.

  • Wendy hutton
    December 11, 2016 at 11:27 AM

    we love hummus and crackers

  • Marianne
    December 11, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    I love any sort of cheesy dip with crackers or pita chips. Because you can never go wrong with cheese or dip!

  • Sonja
    December 11, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    Call me simple – but fresh veg & good hummus is my favourite. Simple starters that don’t sit heavy …and go well with a good G&T of course

  • Manoli
    December 12, 2016 at 4:49 AM

    Spanish croquetas, chicken, jamón, cheese, cod… any kind of croqueta.

  • Genevieve
    December 12, 2016 at 7:03 AM

    I love trying different kinds of jams and chutneys – especially now around the holidays since our family loves to do cheese plates as appetizers!

  • Nazima
    December 12, 2016 at 7:58 AM

    Coconut shrimp!!

  • Julia (@imagelicious)
    December 12, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    Favourite appetizer? This is ridiculous question! How can I list just one appetizer? There are so many! I love anything with smoked salmon and anything with cheese and anything with sweet and salty combination. Oh my, if I had to choose just one it would be Dates with cheese (goat, gets, Boursin etc) and topped with spicy caramelized nuts…

  • grace
    December 12, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    i love baked brie with candied pecans!

  • ceecee
    December 12, 2016 at 3:58 PM

    mini crab cakes

  • ceecee
    December 12, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    i/g: @withinthekitchen
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  • ceecee
    December 12, 2016 at 4:01 PM

    i/g #2 : @withinthekitchen
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  • Melissa @ Mango About Town
    December 13, 2016 at 5:26 AM

    These look amazing! My favourite appetizer is anything that included shrimp!

  • Melissa
    December 13, 2016 at 5:31 AM

    Instagram! @mangoabouttown

  • Jo Vanderwolf
    December 13, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Classic deviled eggs.

  • Justine |
    December 13, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    These look amazing, Kristy! I’ve never actually have shrimp and grits (TBH, didn’t totally sounds appealing to me until now!). My current favourite appetizer is a roasted cauliflower with garlic confit and a marcona almond red pepper romesco. They make it at a restaurant I recently discovered downtown and I’m going to have to figure out how to recreate it at home, because I’m seriously addicted to it. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway opp — I’d like to win as we can’t currently find Salt Spring Kitchen Co products here in Calgary. 🙂 Cheers!
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  • Maria
    December 14, 2016 at 11:17 AM

    I love spinach dip and crackers

  • Heather
    December 14, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    I love wonton shirmp pops! Wonton strip wrap around a prawn on a stick and it’s all deep fried – what’s not to love!!

  • Melissa Tinnish
    December 14, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    By far my favourite appetizer is a baked goat cheese dip with roasted garlic.

  • Colleen Milne
    December 14, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    These Shrimp & grit appies look amazingly delicious and the hot mango jam sounds out of this world! One of my fave appies, hopefully to appear soon on my blog (if I get my act together :-), is mushroom, caramelized onion and Gruyere tartlets. I’ve never tried these products, but LOVE Salt Spring Island and supporting local producers.

  • Samantha @mykitchenlove
    December 14, 2016 at 7:23 PM

    Fav appetizer? Anything I don’t spill on myself. High bar to achieve around here 😉
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  • Jaclyn Michele Thies
    December 14, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    Fave appetizer is crab cakes with aoli! so good.

  • Sandra Lee
    December 14, 2016 at 11:22 PM

    Plain cracker topped with imperial cheese and a dollop of red pepper jelly. Oh and bacon wrapped scallops. 😊

  • Sara
    December 15, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    Appetizers are my favourite! Baked brie is always great and quick to make!